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Reward offered after taxi driver robbed at gunpoint

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Indianapolis Yellow Cab is offering a $5,000 reward leading to the arrest of suspects who robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint on the night of June 30.

The incident occurred near the intersection of W. 12th St. and N. Pershing Ave. on the city’s near northwest side at approximately 10:35 p.m.

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Yellow Cab offers another reward after two more drivers robbed

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indianapolis Yellow Cab is offering more cash rewards after the armed robberies of two taxi drivers on the same night.

The first robbery occurred just before 6 p.m. Friday in the 3700 block of North White River Parkway East Drive. The driver told police he was running early for a pickup at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, so he pulled his cab into a gravel area to wait. As he was waiting, he said a clean, shaven, bald black man pointed a shotgun in his passenger window and demanded cash. The suspect, who appeared to be in his late 20s, made off with about $100 in cash and the driver’s laptop computer. He also took the drivers keys and threw them into a nearby wooded area. The driver said he watched in his rearview mirror as the man ran to a green Pontiac parked nearby.

About four hours later, another driver was robbed as he was dropping off a woman at the Hunters Run Apartments near 52nd Street and Georgetown Road. The driver had picked the woman up at the Riverside Apartments off Cold Spring Road. She initially told him to go to 62nd and Georgetown, but after talking to someone on the phone, she said it was the wrong location.

As the woman was getting out of the taxi at the Hunters Run Apartments, she held the door open and told the driver “Somebody else needs a ride.” Just then, a man pointed a long gun in the door at the driver. Audio taken from the taxi’s onboard camera captured the man’s voice telling the driver to “Give me all your (expletive) money right now” and “I’ll blow your brains out, right here, right now.” The suspect got $420 in cash, before telling the driver to get out of there.

Detectives are now looking to see if the two robberies are connected. They occurred about four hours and five miles apart.

The manager of Indianapolis Yellow Cab says if they’re not connected, it’s a highly unusual coincidence.

“In the 14 years that I’ve been here I haven’t seen a situation where these robberies were attached that closely together,” said Indianapolis Yellow Cab manager Tim Neville.

Neville and IMPD want to talk to the woman who exited the taxi just before the second robbery. Her face was clearly captured on the taxi’s camera.

The manager is also offering a $2,500 reward for information on each of the two robberies. The last reward offered by Yellow Cab apparently worked. Both suspects captured on video robbing a taxi driver on June 30 have since been arrested.

Neville hopes somebody will recognize the woman in the video and tell police where to find her.
She is not a suspect at this time, but detectives want to question her about the robberies.

“Give us some information on this female individual, her whereabouts, or possibly where she can be contacted,” Neville said.

Anyone with information can contact Sgt. Brent Hendricks at the IMPD Robbery Division: (317) 327-3733.  You can also call Indianapolis Yellow Cab at (317) 487-7777.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed they have identified one of the suspects in an armed robbery of a taxi driver.

Police seek Jeffrey Carruthers for questioning. They believe he was one of two people who got inside a taxi cab and robbed the driver at gunpoint last Sunday night at the intersection of West 12th Street and North Pershing Avenue. Surveillance video captured the incident. Police said a juvenile suspect was also involved.

According to the police report, the 33-year-old driver told police he was dispatched to a residence in the 1200 block of N. Pershing Ave. to pick up someone named “Dejaun.” When he arrived, the driver said three men approached the vehicle.

The driver said two of the men got inside the taxi, while the third suspect stood outside. He reported one of the suspects presented a small, silver handgun and placed it against the right side of his head.

RAW VIDEO | Taxi driver robbed at gunpoint

The suspects demanded the driver give over everything he had, according to the report. The driver said one of the suspects later emptied out his pockets, taking approximately $12 in cash, his house and car keys and his wallet.

Indianapolis Yellow Cab is offering a $5,000 reward leading to the arrest of the suspects.

Anyone with additional information should call IMPD Robbery & Homicide Detectives at (317) 327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477). Callers can also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274627 (CRIMES).

A cab company is offering a $5,000 reward after a taxi driver was robbed at gunpoint.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.–  Indianapolis Yellow Cab is offering a $5,000 reward leading to the arrest of suspects who robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint late Sunday night.

The incident occurred near the intersection of W. 12th St. and N. Pershing Ave. on the city’s near northwest side at approximately 10:35 p.m.

According to the police report, the 33-year-old driver told police he was dispatched to a residence in the 1200 block of N. Pershing Ave. to pick up someone named “Dejaun”.  When he arrived, the driver said three men approached the vehicle.

RAW VIDEO | Taxi driver robbed at gunpoint

The driver said two of the men got inside the taxi, while the third suspect stood outside.  He reported one of the suspects presented a small, silver handgun and placed it against the right side of his head.

The suspects demanded the driver give over everything he had, according to the police report.  The driver said one of the suspects later emptied out his pockets, taking approximately $12 in cash, his house and car keys and his wallet.

An on-board camera in the taxi shows the entire robbery, which lasted less than 30 seconds. In it, the suspect in the rear passenger seat suddenly pulls a handgun and points it at the driver’s neck.

The driver can be heard saying, “I don’t have anything, I don’t have anything!”

The suspect then shouts, “Don’t move!”

The driver replies, “I promise I won’t.” And later, “You can have the car if you want to… Get everything. Please take it.”

Indianapolis Yellow Cab Operations manager Tim Neville reacted emotionally when he saw the video of one of his drivers being threatened at gunpoint.

“Makes me very angry that someone would force money away from a person just trying to make a living,” Neville said.

The incident also reminds Neville of a violent week in August 2006. Taxi driver Clarence “Chip” Hoosier was fatally shot in the chest during a robbery while he was on the job. Three teens were arrested and later convicted in the case.

In the most recent case, the driver told police he recognized one of the suspects as a client he picked up several months ago.

One suspect was described to be a thin, clean shaven black male, between 17 and 23 years old and approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall. He was wearing a reddish-brown hoodie and dark jeans. The armed suspect was described to be in his teens and was wearing a white hoodie. A description of the third suspect is unknown at this time.

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